June 23, 2020

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few. (Matthew 7:13-14)

Modern living is about convenience and instantaneous gratification. We can get anything, anytime! In such a worldview, it is easy to be seduced into thinking that everything in life should be effortless ‒ the building of relationships, the pursuit of personal goals and dreams, even salvation itself. The Lord Jesus’ admonition in today’s gospel reminds us that we must not let the illusion of ease fool us.

Striving for salvation is hard work. For love of us, Christ undertook what was absolutely essential in this ‒ sacrificing himself on the cross for our redemption. Striving for salvation takes prayer, personal discipline, constancy, and persevering love. Anything worthwhile demands the very best from us, and this is certainly true in the spiritual life as well.

Receiving Holy Communion counters complacency. Through this precious gift, we touch the deepest hunger in us: the hunger for God, the ultimate good. It strengthens us to continuously put forth the effort and the desire to be truly one with God.

Where have I avoided the narrow road of holiness? Where have I not cooperated with the grace bestowed daily to help me grow spiritually and humanly?

Let us pray:

Lord, help me to cultivate a simple and total devotion to you. I want you to be my primary ambition in life. I desire to behold your beauty and your goodness one day, and to dwell in your house forever. Amen.


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About Anthony Schueller, SSS

Father Anthony Schueller was the Provincial Superior of the Province of Saint Ann of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament and the editor of Emmanuel.